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Snapshots in development: Annual report highlights OPIC’s far-reaching impact

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, Malawi and Brazil, OPIC supports projects that build power plants and water treatment facilities, increase access to food and healthcare, introduce cleaner sources of energy and help address poverty by building... Read more...

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OPIC award-winning project highlights value of financial intermediaries in boosting small business lending

A milestone 2013 OPIC project to support lending to small businesses in Brazil was recognized earlier this month as Trade Finance Americas Deal of the Year by the international magazine, Trade Finance. OPIC committed a $400... Read more...

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In case you missed it: OPIC in Action – The story behind Sambazon

As one of the companies responsible for introducing the açaí berry – which is indigenous to Brazil – to the U.S. market, Sambazon sustainably processes and distributes açaí juice to the U.S. and beyond, providing income for 10,000 family farmers... Read more...

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Featured photo: California juice producer supports sustainability in the Amazon

Workers in Brazil offload baskets of açaí berries for processing at a local juicing facility established by Sambazon, a California company and OPIC client. Sambazon used an OPIC loan to build an açaí berry cultivation and processing warehouse in... Read more...

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The story behind acai: How one small business helped make the rainforest “too valuable to cut down.”

Fourteen years ago, a business idea was hatched during a surfing vacation to Brazil when a group of friends from southern California discovered the tasty and nutrient-rich acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry. They started Sambazon (short for “sustainable... Read more...

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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

A branch of Garanti bank in Turkey, a bank that is using OPIC financing to increase lending to small businesses and female entrepreneurs.     It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term ... Read more...

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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Each project OPIC supports delivers multiple... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Building a wind power farm in Peru

Workers assemble a wind turbine in northwestern Peru as part of the largest wind farm project in South America outside of Brazil. OPIC is in the process of structuring a $193 million OPIC loan to ContourGlobal Ltd. for the project, which will... Read more...

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OPIC board approves seven new deals at September meeting

OPIC’s Board of Directors held its final meeting of the fiscal year on September 19 and approved deals in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America that will improve access to electricity, small business lending, and healthcare while supporting U.... Read more...

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Sharing OPIC’s story: A conversation with Judith Pryor, Vice President of Office of External Affairs

Pryor traveling in the Middle East in 2011 In your experience, what is it that people find most interesting about OPIC’s work and what do they find most surprising? It varies by audience, of course, but in general OPIC’s project... Read more...

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